Tag - tourism



Tourists take pictures from a boat on the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok.
Jun 13, 2024
Thailand is already seeing signs of a 'White Lotus' travel bump
The series recently wrapped filming at several resorts and locations in the nation.
A tourist from the U.S. (second right) sings karaoke as "mama" Kuri Awaji (left) waves a glow stick at her bar Kuriyakko in Tokyo.
Jun 13, 2024
Tourists get taste of old Japan at hidden 'snack bars'
Snack bars are cozy, retro establishments often crammed into small buildings and equipped with karaoke systems that echo late into the night.
Some overseas airlines scrapped plans to add or increase services to Japanese airports due to the uncertain jet fuel supply, trade minister Ken Saito acknowledged on Tuesday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 11, 2024
Jet fuel crunch sees airlines servicing Japan demand more supply
Eneos Holdings has been fielding calls from carriers and is working with the government to ease the problem, a spokesperson said via phone.
Travelers in a departure hall at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on April 26. For environmentalists, the resurgence of tourism will be met with dismay as it drives an accompanying surge in carbon emissions, but for the oil industry, the revival is a welcome boost.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Jun 10, 2024
The world’s flying again and jumbo jets are burning fuel like it’s 2019
But despite this year's record number of flyers, increased efficiency will likely hold back fuel consumption to prepandemic levels.
Tourists visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, where popular sites feel increasingly unmanageable.
JAPAN / Society
Jun 8, 2024
Japan likes tourists, just not this many
The country has politely handled travelers for years, but as visitors spill into previously untouristed spots, some residents are frustrated.
A popular photo spot with a view of Mount Fuji in the town of Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture, on May 21.
Jun 6, 2024
Don’t look now but the Mount Fuji barrier is getting even higher
The move follows the installation of a black screen in a nearby town to block a view of Mount Fuji rising from behind a convenience store.
A park in the city of Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture
Jun 6, 2024
Japan eyes partner hotels for national parks
The ministry is considering forming such tie-ups with around five hotel operators that are active in preserving the environment and contributing to local communities.
Tourists on a beach in China’s Fujian province in May
Jun 3, 2024
China’s tourists to spend nearly $1 trillion on holidays at home
Spending by domestic holidaymakers is expected to be 11% higher than 2019.
Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture will host one of three ryokan Hyatt is set to launch with Kyoto-based developer Kiraku in 2026.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 2, 2024
Hyatt doubles down on Japan with line of luxury ryokan
The first three locations are scheduled to start opening in 2026 in Kanagawa, Oita and Kagoshima prefectures.
A new bus service was introduced in Kyoto as part of the city's efforts to address overtourism.
JAPAN / Society
Jun 2, 2024
Overtourism-hit Kyoto launches new bus service for tourists
The new line is part of the city's plan to thin the crowds of tourists clogging local buses that residents rely on.
Passenger carriers will receive 19% fewer aircraft this year than expected because of production issues at Boeing and Airbus, according to AeroDynamic Advisory.
Jun 1, 2024
Aircraft shortages turn into cash bonanza for some airlines
Sale-and-leaseback transactions have long been a way for airlines globally to generate liquidity and ease the strain on their balance sheets.
A worker installs a barrier to block the sight of Mount Fuji in the town of Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture, on May 21.
May 30, 2024
Town to replace Mount Fuji barrier after holes found: local media
The barrier was put up last week in a popular viewing spot in the town of Fujikawaguchiko.
Shizuoka Prefecture will launch an online registration system for Mount Fuji climbers on June 10.
May 30, 2024
Shizuoka to launch registration system for Mount Fuji climbers in June
The use of the registration system will not be mandatory, but registration will require the viewing of a video on climbing rules and etiquette.
A worker installs a barrier to block the sight of Japan's Mount Fuji emerging from behind a convenience store to deter badly behaved tourists, in the town of Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture on May 21.
May 28, 2024
Holes poked in Mount Fuji barrier near convenience store, town says
Although a security guard is there between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., the small holes appear to have been created in the morning or evening when no one was watching.
The Kabuto One commercial facility in Tokyo's Kabutocho district features a life-size golden figure of Eiichi Shibusawa, who is known as the father of Japanese capitalism.
JAPAN / Society
May 27, 2024
Mystery-solving event puts spotlight on renewal of Tokyo's Kabutocho
A mystery-solving event in Tokyo's Kabutocho district featuring Eiichi Shibusawa, known as the father of Japanese capitalism, is gaining in popularity.
Designed by architect Akira Watanabe, Numazu Club’s villa rooms offer views of a tranquil pebble-lined shallow pool that draws clear spring water from Fuji River.
LIFE / Travel
May 25, 2024
Meditation as architecture at a Shizuoka teahouse turned villa
Whether you meditate by the crystal-clear pool or enjoy a dip in a "hinoki" bath, you're bound to appreciate Numazu Club's original vision: a sanctuary from modern life.
A worker installs a mesh barrier to block the view of Mount Fuji emerging from behind a convenience store in Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture, on Tuesday. The measure follows complaints of bad behaviors by tourists seeking the perfect photo at the location.
JAPAN / Society
May 21, 2024
Weary of overtourism, Japan town blocks one popular view of Mount Fuji
The large mesh barrier was put up at the popular photo-taking spot in Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture, in response to misbehaving tourists.
People shop at a local traditional market in the early morning in Kinmen, Taiwan, on Saturday.
May 18, 2024
For Taiwan shoppers, China's malls only a ferry ride away
More than 700,000 people made the journey between Kinmen and China by ferry last year, the vast majority of them Taiwanese.
Tourists and locals stroll along Tokyo's Ginza shopping district where some roads are closed off for pedestrians due to the national holiday on April 29.
May 15, 2024
Japan visitors exceed 3 million for second straight month, tourism agency says
While the surge in arrivals is good news for the economy, it has caused some friction with locals.
Tourists and locals stroll along Tokyo's Ginza shopping district where some roads are closed off for pedestrians due to the national holiday on April 29.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 15, 2024
Fortress’s Japan hotel unit doubles pay to fight labor shortage
MyStays Hotel Management is offering monthly salaries of ¥500,000 ($3,210) for new hires into its fast-track program.


People wait for the main act to begin at Summer Sonic, which holds simultaneous music festivals for those in Tokyo and Osaka.
Can Japan's summer music festivals adapt to a post-pandemic reality?